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Welcome to Historic Voices: Global History and Culture. Learn from the past through voices that made history. The podcast brings voices from the past that make history alive through personal accounts, public speeches, and entertainment programs.  Their voices are political leaders, ordinary citizens who lived during extraordinary times, and entertainers who helped Americans live through difficult times. 

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Dec 18, 2017

S02-E07 We feature Bob Hope with the annual USO Christmas show. Bob Hope and others entertained our troops during WWII through the USO show hosted somewhere in the Pacific.

Beginning with WWII, Bob Hope and his band of entertainers traveled for decades at Christmas time to bring cheer and laughter and a little bit of home to our troops serving in battle zones around the world. My brother was a combat pilot during the Vietnam Conflict and attended one of his Christmas shows. He talked about how meaningful that was. Our family always watched the annual show on television.

In addition to this audio episode, I also provide several PDF documents: first, a biography of Bob Hope, secondly a overview of the USO, United Service Organization that has comforted our troops in battle zones around the world.

Let us now tune our radio dial to 1943 and listen to the Bob Hope USO Christmas show.

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These audio recordings come the Internet Archive online database. It is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, audio recordings, software, music, and more. Its purpose is offering permanent access to historical digital collections. Checkout the website at http://archive.org